Fantasy WR Rankings Week 6: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football



This week, we have some of the top studs with some of the juiciest matchups possible. It feels good to finally have more reliable stats with which to make decisions on who to start, but with the bye weeks here, things aren’t necessarily getting any easier. As always, our Week 6 fantasy WR rankings will take all the data points into consideration to help you with those important start ’em, sit ’em calls.

The notable wide receivers on bye include Corey Davis, Calvin Ridley, and Deebo Samuel. Just three worthwhile WRs on bye is about as good as it gets for fantasy owners, so enjoy it while you can. Most weeks are going to have at least six key WRs out of action. 

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (@ Steelers) face an interesting matchup this week, and the presence of Geno Smith under center doesn’t figure to help their causes. It’s tough to bench either, especially Metcalf, but Lockett will be on the start-em, sit ’em bubble. The same could be true with whoever is active for the Giants if Mike Glennon is starting in place of Daniel Jones (concussion) against the Rams. The Giants WR corps gets thinner every week, but if everyone is healthy, we assume the pecking order will be Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Kadarius Toney. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Among attractive borderline receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley (@ Titans), DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle (@ Jaguars), and Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. Texans) all have juicy matchups. Guys like Sanders and Waddle are more valuable in standard leagues given their deep-play potential, but they all have PPR upside.

In deeper leagues, Tim Patrick (vs. Raiders), Robby Anderson (vs. Vikings), and Zach Pascal (Texans) draw some appeal. Anderson has burned fantasy owners this year, but in deep leagues, the potential for a long touchdown against a struggling Vikings’ secondary is about all you can ask for in standard leagues. Chase Claypool (vs. Seahawks) has a nice matchup on paper, but given the way he had struggled this year prior to his Week 5 breakout, he’s still a bit risky. If JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is out, Claypool looks better.

A.J. Brown (vs. Bills) and Julio Jones (vs. Bills) face Buffalo, who had given up the fewest point to fantasy WRs heading into Week 5. Brown is a must-start, but you can use caution with Jones if he’s active coming off of a hamstring injury. Marquise Brown will face the Chargers, who have been a top-three defense against WRs. Lamar Jackson has been a much better passing this season, but this matchup is scary enough to consider parking him on the bench. Of course, Brown’s production has been great, so you may opt to just roll with him.

The big worry at this position is the preseason studs who have disappointed more often than not. Allen Robinson (vs. Packers) is the biggest example, but Brandin Cooks (@ Colts) is also starting to struggle. It’s tough to bench either because we know how big their upsides are, which is why we still have them ranked in the WR3 tier, but plenty of fantasy owners will want to bench them.

As mentioned earlier, the WR position is deep enough to not be decimated from bye weeks, but even in a “mild” bye week, it might be tough for many teams to find three reliable options. Moving forward, a lot more studs will be unavailable, so let this be a reminder to be savvy on the waiver wire and plan ahead.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis. 

​Fantasy WR Rankings Week 6: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ TEN
2 Tyreek Hill, KC @ WAS
3 Davante Adams, GB @ CHI
4 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ NYG
5 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. KC
6 Mike Evans, TB @ PHI
7 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. MIN
8 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ CLE
9 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ DET
10 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ CAR
11 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. TB
12 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. SEA
13 Adam Thielen, MIN @ CAR
14 DK Metcalf, SEA @ PIT
15 Mike Williams, LAC @ BAL
16 Chris Godwin, TB @ PHI
17 Amari Cooper, DAL @ NE
18 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. BUF
19 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ NE
20 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. LAC
21 Julio Jones, TEN vs. BUF
22 Tee Higgins, CIN @ DET
23 Keenan Allen, LAC @ BAL
24 Robert Woods, LAR @ NYG
25 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ PIT
26 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. DAL
27 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ TEN
28 Antonio Brown, TB @ PHI
29 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LV
30 Cole Beasley, BUF @ TEN
31 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ IND
32 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. GB
33 DeVante Parker, MIA @ JAX
34 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. LAR
35 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. LAR
36 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ JAX
37 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. HOU
38 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. SEA
39 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LV
40 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ DEN
41 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. MIA
42 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ DET
43 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. SEA
44 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. MIA
45 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. LAR
46 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. ARI
47 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. TB
48 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. MIN
49 Curtis Samuel, WFT vs. KC
50 Randall Cobb, GB @ CHI
51 Christian Kirk, ARI @ CLE
52 Quintez Cephus, DET vs. CIN
53 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. GB
54 Rondale Moore, ARI @ CLE
55 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. HOU
56 Zach Pascal, IND vs. HOU
57 Mecole Hardman, KC @ WAS
58 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ DEN
59 Josh Gordon, KC @ WAS
60 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. LAC
61 A.J. Green, ARI @ CLE
62 Kendrick Bourne, NE vs. DAL
63 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. DAL
64 Khalif Raymond, DET vs. CIN
65 Adam Humphries, WAS vs. KC
66 Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. ARI
67 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. LAR
68 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. TB
69 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ TEN
70 DeAndre Carter, WAS vs. KC
71 Tavon Austin, JAX vs. MIA
72 Josh Reynolds, TEN vs. BUF
73 Van Jefferson, LAR @ NYG
74 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ NYG
75 Jamal Agnew, JAX vs. MIA
76 Chris Moore, HOU @ IND
77 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. MIN
78 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ CAR
79 Allen Lazard, GB @ CHI
80 Chris Conley, HOU @ IND
81 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ BAL
82 Donovan Peoples-Jones, CLE vs. ARI
83 Chester Rogers, TEN vs. BUF
84 Freddie Swain, SEA @ PIT
85 Bryan Edwards, LV @ DEN
86 Rashod Bateman, BAL @ LAC
87 Collin Johnson, NYG vs. LAR
88 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ WAS
89 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. GB
90 Byron Pringle, KC @ WAS


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